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Koji Yamamoto, Makiko Kawaguchi, Takeshi Shimomura, Aya Izumi, Kazuomi Konari, Arata Honda, Chen-Yong Lin, Michael D Johnson, Yoshihiro Yamashita, Tsuyoshi Fukushima, Hiroaki Kataoka
Hepatocyte growth factor activator inhibitor (HAI)-1/ SPINT1 and HAI-2/ SPINT2 are membrane-anchored protease inhibitors having homologous Kunitz-type inhibitor domains. They regulate membrane-anchored serine proteases, such as matriptase and prostasin. Whereas HAI-1 suppresses the neoplastic progression of keratinocytes to invasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) through matriptase inhibition, the role of HAI-2 in keratinocytes is poorly understood. In vitro homozygous knockout of the SPINT2 gene suppressed the proliferation of two oral SCC (OSCC) lines (SAS and HSC3) but not the growth of a non-tumorigenic keratinocyte line (HaCaT)...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Morgan L Shannon, Ryann M Fame, Kevin F Chau, Neil Dani, Monica L Calicchio, Gwenaelle S Géléoc, Hart G W Lidov, Sanda Alexandrescu, Maria K Lehtinen
Choroid plexus tumors and ciliary body medulloepithelioma are predominantly pediatric neoplasms. Progress in understanding the pathogenesis of these tumors has been hindered by their rarity and lack of models that faithfully recapitulate the disease. Here, we find that endogenous c-Myc is down-regulated in the forebrain neuroepithelium, whose neural plate border domains give rise to anterior choroid plexus and ciliary body. To uncover the consequences of persistent MYC (c-Myc) expression, c-Myc expression was forced in multipotent neural precursors (Nestin-Cre:MYC), which produced a fully penetrant model of choroid plexus carcinoma and ciliary body medulloepithelioma...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Piotr Chudzik, Somshubra Majumdar, Francesco Calivá, Bashir Al-Diri, Andrew Hunter
BACKROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of diabetes that can lead to sight loss if treated not early enough. Microaneurysms are the earliest clinical signs of diabetic retinopathy. This paper presents an automatic method for detecting microaneurysms in fundus photographies. METHODS: A novel patch-based fully convolutional neural network with batch normalization layers and Dice loss function is proposed. Compared to other methods that require up to five processing stages, it requires only three...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Eli Gibson, Wenqi Li, Carole Sudre, Lucas Fidon, Dzhoshkun I Shakir, Guotai Wang, Zach Eaton-Rosen, Robert Gray, Tom Doel, Yipeng Hu, Tom Whyntie, Parashkev Nachev, Marc Modat, Dean C Barratt, Sébastien Ourselin, M Jorge Cardoso, Tom Vercauteren
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Medical image analysis and computer-assisted intervention problems are increasingly being addressed with deep-learning-based solutions. Established deep-learning platforms are flexible but do not provide specific functionality for medical image analysis and adapting them for this domain of application requires substantial implementation effort. Consequently, there has been substantial duplication of effort and incompatible infrastructure developed across many research groups...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Tanya Moutray, Jennifer R Evans, Noemi Lois, David J Armstrong, Tunde Peto, Augusto Azuara-Blanco
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a chronic progressive disease of the retinal microvasculature associated with prolonged hyperglycaemia. Proliferative DR (PDR) is a sight-threatening complication of DR and is characterised by the development of abnormal new vessels in the retina, optic nerve head or anterior segment of the eye. Argon laser photocoagulation has been the gold standard for the treatment of PDR for many years, using regimens evaluated by the Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS)...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Theodoros T Koutserimpas, Romain Fleury
We explore the unconventional wave scattering properties of non-Hermitian systems in which amplification or damping are induced by time-periodic modulation. These non-Hermitian time-Floquet systems are capable of nonreciprocal operations in the frequency domain, which can be exploited to induce novel physical phenomena such as unidirectional wave amplification and perfect nonreciprocal response with zero or even negative insertion losses. This unique behavior is obtained by imparting a specific low-frequency time-periodic modulation to the complex coupling between lossless resonators, promoting only upward frequency conversion, and leading to nonreciprocal parametric gain...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Shyam Nyati, Nauman Chaudhry, Areeb Chatur, Brandon S Gregg, Lauren Kimmel, Dheeraj Khare, Venkatesha Basrur, Dipankar Ray, Alnawaz Rehemtulla
Post-translational K63-linked poly-ubiquitination of AKT is required for its membrane recruitment and phosphorylation dependent activation in response to growth-factor stimulation. Current assays for target specific poly-ubiquitination involve cumbersome enzymatic preparations and semi-quantitative readouts. We have engineered a reporter that can quantitatively and in a target specific manner report on AKT-directed K63-polyubiquitination (K63UbR) in live cells. The reporter constitutes the AKT-derived poly-ubiquitination substrate peptide, a K63 poly-ubiquitin binding domain (UBD) as well as the split luciferase protein complementation domains...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Hao Zhou, Pingjun Zhu, Jin Wang, Hong Zhu, Jun Ren, Yundai Chen
Disturbed mitochondrial homeostasis contributes to the pathogenesis of cardiac ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury, although the underlying mechanism remains elusive. Here, we demonstrated that casein kinase 2α (CK2α) was upregulated following acute cardiac IR injury. Increased CK2α was shown to be instrumental to mitochondrial damage, cardiomyocyte death, infarction area expansion and cardiac dysfunction, whereas cardiac-specific CK2α knockout (CK2αCKO ) mice were protected against IR injury and mitochondrial damage...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Dhivya Kumar, Rebecca T Thomason, Maya Yankova, Jonathan D Gitlin, Richard E Mains, Betty A Eipper, Stephen M King
The assembly of membranous extensions such as microvilli and cilia in polarized cells is a tightly regulated, yet poorly understood, process. Peptidylglycine α-amidating monooxygenase (PAM), a membrane enzyme essential for the synthesis of amidated bioactive peptides, was recently identified in motile and non-motile (primary) cilia and has an essential role in ciliogenesis in Chlamydomonas, Schmidtea and mouse. In mammalian cells, changes in PAM levels alter secretion and organization of the actin cytoskeleton...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kuo-Fu Tseng, Pan Wang, Yuh-Ru Julie Lee, Joel Bowen, Allison M Gicking, Lijun Guo, Bo Liu, Weihong Qiu
In animals and fungi, cytoplasmic dynein is a processive minus-end-directed motor that plays dominant roles in various intracellular processes. In contrast, land plants lack cytoplasmic dynein but contain many minus-end-directed kinesin-14s. No plant kinesin-14 is known to produce processive motility as a homodimer. OsKCH2 is a plant-specific kinesin-14 with an N-terminal actin-binding domain and a central motor domain flanked by two predicted coiled-coils (CC1 and CC2). Here, we show that OsKCH2 specifically decorates preprophase band microtubules in vivo and transports actin filaments along microtubules in vitro...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Sigrun Schmähling, Arno Meiler, Yoonjung Lee, Arif Mohammed, Katja Finkl, Katharina Tauscher, Lars Israel, Marc Borath, Julia Philippou-Massier, Helmut Blum, Bianca Habermann, Axel Imhof, Ji-Joon Song, Jürg Müller
The Drosophila Ash1 protein is a trithorax-group (trxG) regulator that antagonizes Polycomb repression at HOX genes. Ash1 di-methylates lysine 36 in histone H3 (H3K36me2) but how this activity is controlled and at which genes it functions is not well understood. We show that Ash1 protein purified from Drosophila exists in a complex with MRG15 and Caf1 that we named AMC. In Drosophila and human AMC, MRG15 binds a conserved FxLP motif near the Ash1 SET domain and stimulates H3K36 di-methylation on nucleosomes...
March 14, 2018: Development
Manuela Germeshausen, Phil Ancliff, Jaime Estrada, Markus Metzler, Eva Ponstingl, Horst Rütschle, Dirk Schwabe, Richard H Scott, Sule Unal, Angela Wawer, Bernward Zeller, Matthias Ballmaier
Heterozygous mutations in MECOM (MDS1 and EVI1 complex locus) have been reported to be causative of a rare association of congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia and radioulnar synostosis. Here we report on 12 patients with congenital hypomegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia caused by MECOM mutations (including 10 novel mutations). The mutations affected different functional domains of the EVI1 protein. The spectrum of phenotypes was much broader than initially reported for the first 3 patients; we found familial as well as sporadic cases, and the clinical spectrum ranged from isolated radioulnar synostosis with no or mild hematological involvement to severe bone marrow failure without obvious skeletal abnormality...
March 27, 2018: Blood Advances
Jiaze Tan, Haitao Yang, Jingchuan Fan, Yulan Fan, Fei Xiao
OBJECTIVES: Neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy (NLSDM) is a rare metabolic myopathy occurring owing to mutations in the patatin like phospholipase domain containing 2 (PNPLA2) gene. Till date, less than 50 patients with PNPLA2 mutations have been reported. In this study, we describe the clinical, pathological, and genetic findings, and muscle magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes in four Chinese patients with NLSDM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Peripheral blood smears were stained using Wright's stain...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dan Boyd, Arpa Ebrahimi, Sarah Ronan, Brian Mickus, Matthew Schenauer, Jenny Wang, Darren Brown, Alexandre Ambrogelly
Isolation and characterization of monoclonal antibody (mAb) variants to understand the impact of their structure on function is a typical activity during early-stage candidate selection that contributes to derisking clinical development. In particular, efforts are devoted to characterizing oligomeric variants, owing to their potential immunogenic nature. We report here a mAb variant consisting of a canonical mAb monomer associated in a non-covalent fashion with an antigen-binding fragment (Fab) arm amputated from its Fc domain...
March 14, 2018: MAbs
Randall J Harley, Joseph P Murdy, Zhirong Wang, Michael C Kelly, Tessa-Jonne F Ropp, SeHoon H Park, Patricia F Maness, Paul B Manis, Thomas M Coate
BACKGROUND: In the cochlea, auditory development depends on precise patterns of innervation by afferent and efferent nerve fibers, as well as a stereotyped arrangement of hair and supporting cells. NrCAM is a homophilic cell adhesion molecule that controls diverse aspects of nervous system development, but the function of NrCAM in cochlear development is not well understood. RESULTS: Throughout cochlear innervation, NrCAM is detectable on spiral ganglion neuron (SGN) afferent and olivocochlear efferent fibers, and on the membranes of developing hair and supporting cells...
March 14, 2018: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Caroline C Kingdon, Erinna W Bowman, Hayley Curran, Luis Nacul, Eliana M Lacerda
BACKGROUND: People with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) continue to struggle to have their condition recognised as disabling in the face of public and professional prejudice and discrimination. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the functional status and well-being of people with well-characterised ME/CFS with people with multiple sclerosis (PWMS), as well as healthy controls (HCs). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we used data collected as part of the UK ME/CFS Biobank to compare actual participant scores from the Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form-36 v2™ (SF-36v2™) between groups, as a proxy for impact of disability, and from a bespoke questionnaire seeking data on employment and income...
March 13, 2018: PharmacoEconomics Open
Carl Arndt, Mathieu Costantini, Christophe Chiquet, Mickael Afriat, Sylvie Berthemy, Vivien Vasseur, Alain Ducasse, Martine Mauget-Faÿsse
PURPOSE: Pericentral visual field changes and disruption of the ellipsoid layer on spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) are the main features of antimalarial retinal toxicity. C-Scan OCT or "en face" enables a topographic frontal view of the changes observed within the different retinal layers in particular the ellipsoid layer. The aim of this prospective study was to compare multifocal ERG (mfERG) responses with the results of C-Scan OCT ("en face" OCT) in patients with abnormal visual field and to analyze relationships between the structural and functional abnormalities...
March 13, 2018: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
Duy-Truong Quach, Duc-Thang Pham, Duc-The Ngo, The-Long Phan, Seung-Young Park, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Dong-Hyun Kim
Hysteresis of ferromagnetic system exhibits a fundamental stimulus-response behavior, thereby casting all the important macromagnetic system parameters such as coercivity, nucleation field, saturation magnetization, and hysteresis loss. Recently, increasing attention has been paid to exploration of relatively less understood minor loop behavior, since faster operation of magnetic devices is inevitably accompanied by minor hysteresis behavior from cycling among unsaturated ferromagnetic states. Here, we report our microscopic investigation of unusual minor hysteresis loop behavior, represented by rounded or sharpened response of minor hysteresis loop of (CoFeB/Pd)4 multilayer film...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Olivier Delalande, Anne-Elisabeth Molza, Raphael Dos Santos-Morais, Angélique Chéron, Émeline Pollet, Céline Raguenes-Nicol, Christophe Tascon, Emmanuel Giudice, Marine Guilbaud, Aurélie Nicolas, Arnaud Bondon, France Leturcq, Nicolas Férey, Marc Baaden, Javier Perez, Pierre Roblin, France Piétri-Rouxel, Jean-François Hubert, Mirjam Czjzek, Elisabeth Le Rumeur
Dystrophin, encoded by the DMD gene, is critical for maintaining plasma membrane integrity during muscle contraction events. Mutations in the DMD gene disrupting the reading frame prevent dystrophin production and result in the high severe Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD); in-frame internal deletions allow production of partly functional internally deleted dystrophin and result in the less severe Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). Many known BMD deletions occur in dystrophin's central domain, generally considered to be a monotonous rod-shaped domain based on the knowledge of spectrin-family proteins...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ying-Chun Shih, Chao-Ling Chen, Yan Zhang, Rebecca L Mellor, Evelyn M Kanter, Yun Fang, Hua-Chi Wang, Chen-Ting Hung, Jing-Yi Nong, Hui-Ju Chen, Tzu-Han Lee, Yi-Shuan Tseng, Chiung-Nien Chen, Chau-Chung Wu, Shuei-Liong Lin, Kathryn A Yamada, Jeanne M Nerbonne, Kai-Chien Yang
<u>Rationale:</u> Cardiac fibrosis plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF). Excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) resulting from cardiac fibrosis impairs cardiac contractile function and increases arrhythmogenicity. Current treatment options for cardiac fibrosis, however, are limited and there is a clear need to identify novel mediators of cardiac fibrosis to facilitate the development of better therapeutics. Exploiting co-expression gene network analysis on RNA sequencing data from failing human heart, we identified thioredoxin domain containing 5 (TXNDC5), a cardiac fibroblast (CF)-enriched endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein, as a potential novel mediator of cardiac fibrosis and we completed experiments to test this hypothesis directly...
March 13, 2018: Circulation Research
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